Saturday, June 06, 2020

Wisdom and Age

I wish growing older naturally led to more wisdom. Unfortunately, it does not. The adage, “There is no fool like an old fool” still holds true. Many foolish older people, however, were foolish younger people. They lacked discernment and common sense then as well as now.

Gaining wisdom is a lifelong endeavor. It comes only after thoughtful contemplation, studying history, reading and considering positions and opinions different than your own, walking in other people’s shoes, admitting that your presuppositions may be wrong, being able make adjustments in your thinking, placing ego aside in light of new evidence, treating all people with respect because they are made in God’s image.

Most people are not willing to expend the necessary energy to obtain wisdom.

Humility is the fertile soil where wisdom is cultivated and grown. I am afraid many of us have a lot more hoeing to do.

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